Friday, December 10, 2010

Back to the Book Club

The River

As promised, more on the book clubs.
I think it's significant that the teen 
reader with autism I mentioned months 
ago also liked Paulsen.
I'm curious as to the different dynamics
of the clubs that include all disabilities and
those that just have members with autism.
Does anyone have any Next Chapter
Book Club experience?

The majority of our book clubs are diverse in terms of age, reading level, and ability/disability.  However, we do have a couple local Next Chapter Book Clubs specifically for young people on the autism spectrum.  These clubs were formed in collaboration with “Aspirations”, a social and vocational support program for adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s.  Aspirations was also founded at Nisonger; you can find out more at  I  know that Hatchet and The River (both by Gary Paulsen) have been successful.

Jillian Ober, MA, CRC
Program Manager
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

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